Predicted to double by 2050, the continent has the youngest and fastest growing population in the world, which has a major impact on the employment market.
Although 10 to 12 million young people join the labor force in Africa each year, only around three million jobs are created annually. In this context, the agricultural sectors, as well as rural non-farm activities in tourism, agro-industries, food storage, and transportation have high potential to create more and better jobs and build stronger rural communities.
Investing in rural transformation and reaching a world free of hunger and malnutrition go hand in hand. Promoting better education, skills development, and decent employment is vital for this transformation in Africa. Youth in turn, can play a significant role in advancing their countries’ progress towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and can act as innovators and networkers between rural and urban areas.
FAO recently launched a special programme to promote youth employment through enabling agriculture and agribusiness jobs in Africa. The programme is another example of FAO’s long-lasting collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) - an economic development program of the African Union - and of FAO’s efforts to strengthen partnerships.